Friday, January 22, 2010

Career Paths from MS - Know where you are headed ?

Thanx Tim for this contribution :

If you have experience in computing, the roadmap helps you identify the learning path in preparing for the ICT career of your choice. Determine your starting point by reviewing the prerequisites necessary for each knowledge point in the curriculum. Then use the roadmap's resources to test your readiness, using assessment exams or a self-assess option to check your skills against the skills measured. If you need more training, choose training resources that suit your learning style: classroom courses, e-learning, or independent study.

Click for Career Roadmap

More Training - this time from HP

Scott says :

HP offers free training on many things from their own HP products to basics in Office, Linux,
Windows and various Troubleshooting. I suggest we let other students know about this by posting a link to the HP Learning Center.



Thanx Scott, im no big fan of HP. But FREE is a great price and I can start loving HP for this one.. hehe

And the most popular password is...

It is “123456,” based on the analysis of 32 million breached passwords, obtained from last month’s server breach, from which researchers from Imperva were able to analyze the insecure practices used by millions of users when choosing their passwords.

What did their analysis conclude? Short passwords, lack of lower-capital-numeric characters mix, and trivial dictionary words, which every decent brute forcing/password recovery application can find out in a matter of minutes.

Key findings include:

  • In just 110 attempts, a hacker will typically gain access to one new account on every second or a mere 17 minutes to break into 1000 accounts
  • About 30% of users chose passwords whose length is equal or below six characters
  • Moreover, almost 60% of users chose their passwords from a limited set of alpha-numeric characters
  • Nearly 50% of users used names, slang words, dictionary words or trivial passwords (consecutive digits, adjacent keyboard keys, and so on). The most common password among account owners is “123456”

The rest of the passwords rated by popularity:

SO What do we do as Administrators to prevent all this. First, stop using 'citi1' as the default password on your servers, DCc, Bank Accounts and so on.. Thesa knows it and everyone else in your class.. .. Other than that here are more best and worst practices.